“Six-percent of Iowa’s soybean crop remains to be harvested,” according to the Crop Progress & Conditions report, out from USDA-NASS. Midwest farmers eagerly await next year’s crop season, as harvest wraps up.
Chris Souder, DEKALB Asgrow regional agronomy lead for Iowa, says, “This year’s soybean crop has been a pleasant surprise,” given the circumstances.
“We had our share of low yields in parts of western Iowa, where we experienced severe drought. In some of those areas, it was not uncommon to see 30 to 40 bushel per acre beans,” Souder says. “However, out of that area, we had plenty of fields where we saw yields above expectations and average.”
“Drought stress and low disease pressure was the story of the year,” according to Souder. He encourages farmers to analyze past field data to make better seed selections this fall/winter.
“We definitely recommend using data, as much data as you can get your hands on,” Souder says. “This is a unique year, so the more you can look at, the more informed you’re going to be to make those decisions.”
As for 2021, Asgrow plans to offer 47 new, XtendFlex soybean products, across all maturities.
“Bayer received approval for XtendFlex, the newest soybean trait, built on the proven performance of the high-yielding, Roundup Ready 2 Xtend technology, which now has added tolerance to glufosinate. Farmers have been eager for this new technology, which will provide them with additional flexibility to manage tough-to-control weeds,” Souder says.
For more information on Asgrow’s soybean lineup, contact your local agronomist or dealer, or visit www.asgrow.com/seedfinder.